Festival, musical and animation films: Movie Night in Moscow parks

Festival, musical and animation films: Movie Night in Moscow parks
Visitors will see the winning movie of this year’s Kinotavr, also known as the Sochi Open Russian Film Festival, and an interactive musical film, meet with film directors, watch debut short films, and more.

The Moscow part of Movie Night, a nationwide culture event, will be held in 14 parks on 27 August. The Hermitage Garden will host the first screening of “Good Boy,” the winning film of Kinotavr 2016. The “Mary Poppins, Goodbye” interactive musical performance will be staged in Gorky Park, a meeting with animation director Garri Bardin is scheduled in Tagansky Park, and Sokolniki Park will show the debut short films of Soviet film directors.

Movie Night will take place in Gorky, Muzeon, Sokolniki, Krasnaya Presnya, Fili, Tagansky, Izmailovsky, Babushkinsky, Perovsky Vorontsovsky, Kuzminki and Sadovniki parks, the Hermitage Garden and the Bauman Garden.

Entrance is free, though you must register at ялюблюмоскву.рф to get admittance to some events.

Mary Poppins, Goodbye” interactive musical performance

Sing-a-long-a, which is a completely new format for Russia, will be tested out in Gorky Park. The audiences of this interactive cosplay will be able to sing along with film characters from the musical film “Mary Poppins, Goodbye.” The performance directed by Yury Kvyatkovsky will involve actors from the Dmitry Brusnikin Studio. Visitors are encouraged to dress in the style of the film, in chequered jackets, bowler hats, dresses with white collars and white gloves, and to carry stick umbrellas.

The sing-a-long-a will run in the Pioneer Cinema from 8 pm to 11 pm. Prior registration requested.

Festival films

The Hermitage Garden will hold a meeting with film director Pavel Lungin (4.30 pm) and will host the premiere screening of Oksana Karas’ “Good Boy” later at night. Movie Night audiences will be able to see this film two months before its official release in November. They will be invited to take part in debates on the return of optimistic movies and demand for them in the blockbuster age. The event will start at 8.30 pm; registration required.

Clay animation, lectures and documentaries

Tagansky Park will turn into a claymation station from 11 am to 10 pm, with lessons in clay animation, episodes of the “Masha and the Bear” animated cartoon series, and a meeting with animation director Garri Bardin.

The programme titled Soyuzmultfilm: The Best Films of the Past 80 Years will include modern animated films and a meeting with Mikhail Aldashin, art director of the Soyuzmultfilm animation studio.

Krasnaya Presnya Park will hold a meeting with film directors Mikhail Mestetsky, Nikolai Khomeriki and Nigina Saifullayeva. The Cinema Museum will give a lecture on the 120th anniversary of Russian cinema, the RTD documentary channel will show films on culture and arts, to be followed by screenings of the films “Rag Union” and “Legend #17” (prior registration required). The programme begins at noon.

Teachers from the Andriaka Water Colour School will lead a master class in drawing characters from Soviet animated films (noon to 2 pm) in Sadovniki Park, and Kuzminki Park will offer a lecture on cinema education and Toonbox animated films (noon to 10 pm).

Jazz and black-and-white films

The outdoor cinema of the Muzeon Arts Park will hold the final screenings of the project titled Voiceover: The Kuleshov Effect from 8.30 pm to 10.30 pm. The soundtrack for “A Kiss from Mary Pickford,” a 1927 black-and-white film directed by Sergei Komarov, will be performed live by the Swedish free jazz trio Nacka Forum. The film will be introduced by film critic Maxim Semyonov.

A Kiss from Mary Pickford” was the first film made by Sergei Komarov, a leading actor in the Lev Kuleshov film studio. It is a film about filmmaking, a satirical comedy about people with a celebrity obsession.

Short films

Three Classical Debuts is the name of the programme that will be shown in the Pioneer outdoor cinema in Sokolniki Park from 8.30 pm to 11 pm. “The Bridegroom” (1960) is Elem Klimov’s graduation film. Isidor Annensky’s “The Bear” (1938), based on a story by Anton Chekhov, is considered one of the most successful debut films in Soviet history. “The Private Life of Valentin Kuzyayev,” shot by directors Ilya Averbakh and Igor Maslennikov in 1967, tells the strange story of an ordinary Soviet school student.

The Bauman Garden will host a festival of short films and films made by students of the Moscow Film School (curator: Ingeborga Dapkunaite). The programme will last from 7 pm to 10 pm.

Moscow, love and girls

The programme in Fili Park includes the film “About Love” by Anna Melikyan (8 pm to 10 pm), a meeting with director Pavel Bardin and an episode from the “Salam, Moscow” series.

Babushkinsky Park will show Sergei Solovyov’s film “The Sneakers,” to be followed by a meeting with the film’s star, Nikolai Suslov, and the film’s crew (7.30 pm to 10.30 pm).

A lecture on female characters in cinema will take place in Perovsky Park (from 7 pm to 11 pm). The programme includes a meeting with actresses Anastasia Pronina and Darya Melnikova and a screening of the film “Careful, It’s Grandma” with Faina Ranevskaya.

Other parks will play the documentary “And Still I Believe” by Mikhail Romm (Vorontsovsky Park, 6 pm to 10 pm), “Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears” (Izmailovsky Park, 9 pm to 11.20 pm), and “Legend #17” in Lianozovsky Park, which will also have a children’s zone with lawn hockey.